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Gator Swimmers Represent on the National Stage

Fans of the Stone Ridge swimming program were treated to a trio of Gators competing at the USA Swimming Winter Nationals in Greensboro, NC last weekend as Erin Gemmell '23 and Phoebe Bacon '20 competed alongside alumna Katie Ledecky '15 in the most competitive domestic swim meet of the season. The USA Swimming Winter Nationals meet attracts the highest level of swimming talent from the United States, with a handful of international competitors in the field as well. The meet is consistently ranked as the 2nd or 3rd most competitive meet held annually in the US, with qualifying swimmers competing in an open age group. At the meet, the female swimmers ranged from age 13 to 31, with several collegiate swimmers taking part. This year, the Winter Nationals represented the first national qualifying meet for the 2020 US Olympic Team Trials Meet that will take place in June of 2020.

Erin represented the youngest batch of swimmers at the Winter Nationals at just 13 years old. Finishing as the fastest 13-year old at the meet in the 50, 100, and 200 meter freestyle events, Erin's meet was highlighted with her performance in the 100 meter freestyle. Erin not only finished 11th overall in the event, touching out a former Olympian and world-record holder, but her time of 56.32 seconds was a personal best performance, which now ranks her as the 2nd fastest American 13-year old 100 meter freestyler ever. Erin's time in the 100 freestyle was also just .03 seconds off of the 2020 Olympic Team Trials qualification standard.

Phoebe, a veteran at national and international meets, had a great showing, completing the meet with a top-10 finish in each of her four races. Phoebe also achieved the 2020 Olympic Team Trials Meet qualifying standard in all four races. Phoebe achieved a 9th place finish in both the 200 meter individual medley and 100 meter butterfly by winning the consolation final heat, earned a 6th place finish in the 200 meter backstroke final, and highlighted the meet with a 2nd place finish in the 100 meter backstroke final, finishing as the fastest American in the event.

Both swimmers just began their respective Middle School (Gemmell) and varsity (Bacon) swim seasons at Stone Ridge. Coming off a great performance at Winter Nationals, we are excited to see where Erin and Phoebe can lead the Gators this season and in the years to come!

Erin swimming

Economics Class Explores DC as their Classroom

Two of Stone Ridge's economics classes recently took a field trip to the Federal Reserve Board in Washington, DC. The 22 students first took a tour of the historic Eccles building and then sat in the board room where the Federal Open Market Committee meets 8 times a year to set monetary policy. In the board room, students heard presentations from two senior economists at the bank. One spoke on the monetary policy and the other discussed a project that seeks to increase the diversity of the economics profession. The students also heard from recent female college graduates working as research assistants in the different bank divisions and were able to ask them questions about their career trajectories. #ExploreDC

Economics feild trip

Stone Ridge 2018 Winter Independent Schools Juried Exhibition

Stone Ridge will host the third annual Winter Independent Schools Juried Exhibition for high school students (sophomores, juniors, seniors) on December 6, 2018. Artists from Stone Ridge, Georgetown Preparatory School, Landon School, National Cathedral School, and St. Albans School have submitted artwork. The artwork will be judged and cash prizes will be awarded.

The Opening Reception will be on December 6, from 11:20 am – 12:20 pm in the Brick Corridor Gallery in Hamilton House. The exhibition will be on display from December 6 – January 6, 2019. Stop by to see the wonderful artwork.

Middle School Girls Send Their Names to Mars!

Several Stone Ridge Middle School girls, with the help of Middle School science teacher Flavia Huber, submitted their names to be etched on a microchip that was mounted on the InSight (Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport) lander that touched down on Mars on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California put the names on a tiny 0.3 square inch silicon wafer microchip using an electron beam to write extremely tiny letters with lines smaller than one one-thousandth the width of a human hair. The dime-size chip is affixed to the InSight lander deck and will remain on Mars forever.

InSight successfully touched down on the Red Planet after an almost seven-month, 300-million-mile (458-million-kilometer) journey from Earth. Its two-year mission will be to study the deep interior of Mars to learn how all celestial bodies with rocky surfaces, including the Earth and our Moon, were formed. Learn more.

Photoe from https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/insight/images/index.html

SR Holds Denim Day to Support Living in Pink

Supporting others in need is always a priority at Stone Ridge. To help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and support those suffering from breast cancer, the Stone Ridge student community holds "Denim Day." On this day in October (Breast Cancer Awareness Month), the girls wear pink and denim and give a donation for the free-dress opportunity. 

The money raised this year was given to Living in Pink, a volunteer-run organization whose mission is to "improve the lives of those living with breast cancer, celebrate the survivors and the individuals who fight the battle against breast cancer, and to help find a cure so that the next generation of women will not have to endure the emotional and physical pain of breast cancer surgery and treatment."

For the past 19 years, Middle School Science Teacher Karl Austin's Grade 8 Advisory has taken on the task of increasing breast cancer awareness amongst their peers by making announcements during several Middle School assemblies leading up to Denim Day. In addition, the advisory group made posters and displayed them throughout the Middle School. Their efforts at raising awareness and funds paid off – the 2018 Denim Day raised a total of $2,416.52 (with the Middle School raising $1238.02) for Living in Pink. Way to go girls!

Art and Literature Combine in AP Spanish

Recently, AP Spanish Literature and Culture students participated in a cross-disciplinary initiative, blending the art and literature of Spain. Students selected a typical Moorish tile design known as an "azulejo," transferred it to a ceramic tile, then applied colored glazes. After the tiles are fired in a kiln, students will then connect their tile design to the characteristics of a character or author of one of the literary works read in class. A unique connection of visual and literary artistry!

SR Shines at Maryland Private School XC Championships

On November 12, 2018, the Stone Ridge cross country team finished their historic season with another strong performance at the Maryland Private School Championship at McDaniel College. The varsity squad finished in second place with a team score of 44 points, just 14 points behind winner Mt. de Sales and 47 points ahead of third place finisher Holton Arms. Six of the top seven runners ran seasonal or personal bests on the challenging course, with Katherine Strong '22 in fourth place, Kate Walter '21 in fifth place, Maria DiBari '22 in ninth place, and Megan Toner '21 in seventeenth place earning All-State honors. Despite the hilly and winding course, the varsity team average time of 21:21 over the five kilometer course was the second fastest team average in school history. The junior varsity squad placed five runners in the top ten to dominate the field and secure the championship trophy. Senior Captain Maggie Cavanaugh '19 rounded out the scoring junior varsity squad with a tenth place finish to earn the first individual medal of her four year XC career in her final race. #GatorStrong

Mary Barr Daly '96 Speaks to Students on Opioid Crisis

In this morning's Social Action assembly, Upper School students heard from Mary Barr Daly '96, who serves as the Opioid Coordinator at the Department of Justice. In her talk, she addressed the challenges and steps being made in an attempt to combat the opioid crisis in the United States. In addition, she stressed to the girls that clean recreational drugs are a thing of the past – no drug, be it marijuana or others, is guaranteed free from life threatening substances. After her talk, she answered thoughtful and complicated questions from the students regarding this issue.

For more on Mary Barr Daly and her role at the Department of Justice, be sure to read this article, which appeared in the summer issue of Stone Ridge Magazine.